“Fiji's government says the cost of Cyclone Harold has already run into the millions even before full damage assessments have been made.
“On Sunday the government declared a State of Natural Disaster for areas affected by last week's cyclone.
“Disaster Management Minister, Jone Usamate, said the declaration was for certain parts of the Eastern, Central and Western Divisions.
“He said those areas were now gauging damage from the storm.
"The various divisions that we have in Fiji have already begun to conduct their damage assessments.
"This is conducted by the people on the ground and in the Northern Division this has been completed and the other divisions are continuing with that exercise."
“Mr Usamate said agricultural damage suffered in the Northern Division was estimated to stand at $US834,000.
“He said assistance being sent out to the other divisions, including two weeks worth of food rations and medicines, had cost more than $US1.5 million.”
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